Reds boss turned down the chance to work with the new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal…
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In what will be considered extremely interesting news for both Liverpool and Manchester United fans, Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he turned down the chance to work with current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal back in 2012, reports the Mirror.
Liverpool appointed the talented Northern Irishman as manager, but wanted to employ legendary boss Louis van Gaal as director of football at Anfield as well.
The club’s CEO Ian Ayre held talks with van Gaal over the position, but Rodgers asked the club’s hierarchy to pull out of the deal, because he wanted to work with a team rather than under somebody else.
“I’m not sure how many people the club spoke to. But for me coming in, I was always going to work with a team of people, rather than a director of football. I felt it was important, with all the work that needed to be done, and the size of the job I took on, that I needed to have the full responsibility to do that job, and I think the owners backed that,” Rodgers said.
“I always think the manager is the technical director. He is the man who oversees the football development of the club, and I believe you should take on that responsibility when you are manager.”
Rodgers led Liverpool to a seventh placed finish during his first season in charge, and there were heavy suggestions that he might not be the right man for the job. Last term however, the Reds surprised everyone and finished second, narrowly missing out on a maiden Premier League title to Manchester City, playing a brilliant brand of attacking football in the process.
Instead of joining Liverpool, van Gaal took the reigns of the Dutch national side, and led them to a World Cup semi-final this summer, before taking charge at United following David Moyes’ sacking.
The pair face each other tonight in the final of the International Champions Cup, a friendly tournament in America, and it will be intriguing to see how well matched the two sides are before the start of the 2014/15 Premier League season.